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Eden I by Matthew-T Eden I by Matthew-T
Eden I:

Location: Japanese Gardens, Portland, OR, US


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Given 2008-10-24
Eden I by =failingjune
( Featured by SheTakesPics )
An excellent piece of photography.
To start off, the angle of the shot in itself captures a myriad of emotions while showing off many of the scenery highlights. I'm amazed at how you were able to take so much into the shot without making the picture seem "busy" or overwhelming. There's a good deal of artistic balance in the image- and I can really appreciate that.
So far as colors go, the shot leaves little to be desired.
The red and green work beautifully together, creating an especially hard-to-achieve sort of pleasant, earthy contrast.
Said contrast leads to the image feeling both natural, and almost supernatural. The fiery colors are almost too bright to be real- and it truly captures emotion.
Factoring in everything, this is an amazing elegant piece, and it fully deserves it's title as daily deviation. You're a very talented photographer, please continue creating pieces like this.
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Such a great photo!
The colors are mesmerizing! The contrast between the green and orange is amazing! The leaves that are scattered across the ground give it a sense of reality, without it being too cluttered. The small pond in the background, with the vibrant tree gives this picture a nice, calming feeling, yet the colors make it seem lively and, well, vibrant!!
The angle is perfect! You balanced the pond in the background with the tree to the left, making your eyes roam around the painting. It isn't just one set piece, like a self portrait. It makes it seem so alive!!!
You are such a great photographer! I hope to see many pictures like these!
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MightyHopeful Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  New Deviant Professional General Artist
It surely is.
DramArte Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
How beautiful scenery. Hard to believe that there are still places like that, apart from the free and pure humanity.
PrinceDumuzi Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Eden is Sumerian for 'wilderness', funfact it's still there, the real one is called Mesopotamian marshes, it originally streatched to Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Isreal, Syria, etc, that area, but mostly dried up, this was all found by science and such. 
FirstLightStudios Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015   Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic use of colors!  This is my favorite of your images of this scene.
InceptionView Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Photographer
Excellent work.
Fehnryr Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Absolutely stunning; the perfect combination of colors. 
DidgetyGirl Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
The colours in this are astounding!
Karolina888 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
I love it
cheese6623 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many years ago I had a dream that I was in a place that looked very similar to this picture
hclausen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful and thoughtful series.  Very well done.
MaxxCrow Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Very beautiful. ^^
miharper Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Breathtaking!!!  Is there any way I could get your permission to use this on my personal blog?  I am writing a story and posting a chapter a week--I have been searching for glorious art to use as headers for each chapter and have already received permission from several other artists on DeviantART.  I would give you full credit and link back to this page.  If you would like to check out my website to see if this is something that interests you at all, it is  Thank you very much for your time, and I look forward to your response.  This photograph in incredible!!!  ( I know this is short notice, but I would love to use it this Thursday for this week's chapter if at all possible.  It is the best I have seen!  Thanks again!)  :)
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there! Feel free to use the photograph as long as there is a visible link back to my page :)
miharper Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Thank you very much!  I am so excited to use this gorgeous photograph!!  :)  I will also place a link here (once I post late Thursday) if you would like to see how it is used?  If not, no problem.  Thanks again!  :)
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course :) I'd love to see it.
miharper Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014…  Here it is!  I hope you enjoy it!  :)  Thank you very much again.  Lovely photograph!
lost-in-the-night Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Photographer
Featured here
piwow17 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Wow....... amazing <3
saf777 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Eden-West Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love when pictures put a smile on my face! This one certainly did! Thank you! :) 
EphraimBraucht Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
It is very beautiful.
CrazyRaiPie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh!! This is an amazing photo!
I remember that we had to paint THIS picture few years ago in art class in our school.
I never thought it was yours >w<
Really beautiful and stunning photo!
Odette-1218 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this in an old magazine article for how to use photoshop!!!
Pretty awesome my dear!!!
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :)
dallas4207 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
callumreid123 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I've seen this used on Bing! XD If you took this photo, you must be so proud of yoself XD
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am, thanks! Do you remember when you saw it on Bing?
callumreid123 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
I saw it on Bing a couple weeks ago, and I saw it on my Xbox home page on the Bing slide, I thought it looked cool but I couldn't find it anywhere, until I looked at the Photo credits, I forgot what it said but I don't think it said your name xD
PersephoneArtanis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'm just totally in love with the colours of this picture! I think the whole series stands out as a whole, but this one caught my attention. Thank you for sharing your view on this beautiful place!
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
SirCassie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I believe this was taken off google. maybe if u did anything to it you should put it under photominipulation instead of regular photography 
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my original photograph. Google has indexed it, but it is my photo.
Brandonbmb Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
Brandonbmb Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome, stay in touch
cardfue Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your picture is beautiful!
Gryfonka Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
VelvetPsychoKiller Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's stunning. The location's beautiful and I love the colours in this one!
Halowing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Very Beautiful
eljay7 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Photographer
Bryd013 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting combination of these colours :)
Kandys-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful love the look of almost fantasy. I do love gardens and the trees seem to tell stories if we would take the time to look and feel.
Matthew-T Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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October 21, 2007
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Date Taken
Oct 21, 2007, 10:43:53 AM